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MLS Snapshot: POR carve up 9-man ORL, keep pace with VAN, SKC

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Portland Timbers’ Diego Valeri celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half against the New England Revolution during an MLS soccer match Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. (Pete Christopher//The Oregonian via AP)

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The game in 100 words (or less): All of a sudden, the Western Conference has sprung to life as the 2017 regular season winds down — Vancouver Whitecaps, winners of five of their last seven games (unbeaten); Portland Timbers, winners of four of their last six following Sunday’s 3-0 victory over 10-man nine-man Orlando City SC at Providence Park; Sporting Kansas City, losers of just two of their last 15 games; Seattle Sounders, who had their 13-game unbeaten run snapped on Saturday; and Real Salt Lake, winners of four of their last five. With fewer than a handful of games remaining, Vancouver’s lead on Portland and Sporting KC remains one point after all three sides won this weekend; RSL and Seattle are separated by just three points, three points back of second and third. As for Saturday’s game, Diego Valeri is now a top-two candidate for MVP after scoring two more goals (his 19th and 20th, to go with 9 assists) against 10-man Orlando.

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Three moments that mattered

15' — Valeri extends his streak, makes it 1-0 — The last time Valeri failed to score in a game, the date was July 23.

29' — Mattocks taps it home after Asprilla’s cross — Huge credit to Diego Chara for the through ball to spring Dairon Asprilla into acres of space. The ball to Mattocks was simple, and he got it right.

59' — Valeri gets no. 20, makes it 3-0 — Joe Bendik managed to deny Mattocks’ initial effort, but Valeri followed up when everyone in white had already quit on the play.

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Man of the match: Diego Valeri

Goalscorers: Valeri (15' - PK, 59'), Mattocks (29')

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